WEST Wisdom Blog

Picking your feet up off the sticky floor

May 18, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

We know that gender inequality at senior levels is a real and important limitation for women in most careers, including STEM. But, have we fully acknowledged the self-limitations we women impose on our own careers? As women in science and technology (and probably most fields), we are often our own worst enemies. Rather than hitting our heads on the glass ceiling, we find ourselves sticking to a floor, where we have poured the molasses.

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Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Compensation and Benefits Package

May 15, 2017 - POSTED BY Jaime Luna POSTED IN Events

In today’s competitive market for talent, many employers are offering attractive compensation and benefits packages. In addition to salary, bonus, and equity compensation, “softer” benefits like expanded maternity leave, flexible schedules, and wellness programs are becoming more common.

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What’s hot for WOMEN IN TECH?

May 08, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Climbing the career ladder is challenging in any business, but climbing the career ladder when you work in a male dominated field like technology is especially challenging. Finding a balance between “acting the part” vs “being your authentic self” can feel like walking a tight rope –not only is it time consuming, it can be exhausting too. So, what is the best way to navigate the system? where should you focus your efforts? how should you present yourself? and with whom should you spend time networking?

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Get Access to WEST Members Only Events

May 02, 2017 - POSTED BY Jaime Luna POSTED IN Events

WEST membership offers a chance to meet colleagues and form friendships that will enrich your professional and personal life. Members get discounts to all WEST programs and events, free attendance at networking only events, and one free workshop during their birth month.

They get access to members only events, such as book club and rockstar breakfasts.  WEST currently has three members only breakfasts lined up including 5/4 with Meredith Fisher and Jo Viney, 7/25 with Emily Reichert and Chesley Chen, and 9/13 with Deb Vernon and Sandra Glucksmann

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The Choice is Yours: Tools for Transforming Your Career and Life

April 06, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Feeling stuck or passed over, yet knowing that you can achieve more? Feeling powerless or without choices, yet you are doing it all “right”?  Is fear and doubt holding you back even as you try to rise above?

Kimberly Napier will share her own personal, powerful wake-up experience while a leader in corporate America. Now coach to powerhouse women in Boston as well as around the globe, she is passionate about helping women rise above negative inner dialogue, become their own biggest advocate, and find resilience and happiness. Learn from..

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Breaking Global Barriers

April 03, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

In today’s world, technology has made it increasingly easy to expand and do business internationally. With video advancements such as Google Hangouts, Facetime, Skype and Zoom, you can virtually spin up an in person meeting with almost anyone anywhere in the world. Businesses are embracing these technologies to expand their customer base and build teams globally to accelerate their success.

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Come Lunch, Laugh, and Bust the Bad Moms Myth

March 24, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Wishing you could handle the work-life balance with this much finesse?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ojvk-4IcOE

Wearing yourself out with perfect execution of your job and both the second (often simultaneous) shift at home?  Wearing yourself out even trying?  Feeling like you can't succeed in your career and be a "good mom and partner"?  

Come join us at lunch time (you have to take time to eat anyway!) to learn some tips and tricks for your work-life balance and hear and share some good stories while doing it!  You will walk away with at..

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Negotiating Your Compensation Package: Financial Strategies for Professional Transitions

March 21, 2017 - POSTED BY Jaime Luna POSTED IN Events

Are you planning a career change? Thinking of jumping to a competitor? Has a recruiter contacted you about a new job opportunity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need to have a strategy in place to negotiate the best possible compensation package for yourself.

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Wondering about alternative careers in STEM? Interested in speed networking with expert panelists?

March 09, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Then mark your calendar for March 20th when WEST will co-host a combined speed networking and panel event with the Society of Professional Consultants. Six senior panelists who started out in STEM will describe their path to success in STEM or STEM-related careers. Experience a combination of facilitated networking and small breakout sessions with the panelists to hear about alternative career trajectories, learn how to tell your personal story in a compelling way, and gain confidence in your own skills and abilities.

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Success with Ease and Prosperity – Take Ownership and Make it Yours

March 02, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

We are all pulled in many different, often conflicting directions, both professionally and personally and feel the obligation to perform to relentless standards as judged by others. This can leave us feeling frustrated, exhausted and even inadequate. This can lead us to underperform as we continuously strive to over perform.

International Women’s Day is an important time to reflect on the impact these demands are making on the different and important facets of our lives. A moment to examine our own priorities and criteria that define our success..

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